75 episodes

This podcast investigates the curious history of invention and innovation. Did Thomas Edison take credit for things he didn’t actually invent? What everyday items have surprising origins? And would man have ever got to the moon without… the bra? 
Each episode host Dallas Campbell dives into stories of flukey discoveries, erased individuals and merky marketing ploys with the help of experts, scientists and historians. 
Expect new episodes every Wednesday and Sunday.

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    • 4.8 • 87 Ratings

This podcast investigates the curious history of invention and innovation. Did Thomas Edison take credit for things he didn’t actually invent? What everyday items have surprising origins? And would man have ever got to the moon without… the bra? 
Each episode host Dallas Campbell dives into stories of flukey discoveries, erased individuals and merky marketing ploys with the help of experts, scientists and historians. 
Expect new episodes every Wednesday and Sunday.

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Aliens

    Aliens

    Who invented aliens? We did. Each age invents its own. When we invented robots, aliens became robotic beings. In the Cold War, intergalactic peacemakers appear. Aliens came to abduct us in a decade when the news was full of kidnappings.
    In this episode Dallas discovers when we first started to think about alien life and explores how our ideas about aliens have evolved over time. And we hear three stories of people who claimed to have met aliens.
    His guide to alien lifeforms is Greg Eghigian, professor of history at Penn State university and author of an upcoming book about the phenomenon of UFO sightings and alien encounters.
    Produced by Freddy Chick, edited by Aidan Lonergan, Senior Producer is Charlotte Long.
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    • 41 min
    Roller Coasters

    Roller Coasters

    The world’s first Loop-the-Loop roller coaster gave so many people whiplash that they kept a medical team on the payroll.
    Find out where roller coasters began; why your hands sweat when you’re on them; and how long it takes the human brain to realise that it’s fallen to its death (perhaps).
    Dallas’s guest today is the world’s only thrill engineer Brendan Walker, the guy roller coaster designers turn to for advice on how to make their rides as thrilling as possible.
    Keep your arms and legs inside the podcast at all times as we go on another roller coaster ride into the history of inventions!
    Produced by Freddy Chick, Edited by Anisha Deva, Senior Producer is Charlotte Long.
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    • 37 min
    Frozen Food

    Frozen Food

    The Frozen Food industry was invented by the Birdseye company. And that company was started by a living breathing Birdseye; Clarence Birdseye.
    Clarence Birdseye was a small, bespectacled New Yorker who lived a life somewhere between Buffalo Bill and Thomas Edison.
    He came up with the idea for frozen food while starting a family in the barren wastes of North Eastern Canada, where he ate polar bears, skunks, lynx stewed in sherry, and horned owls.
    He became a self made millionaire who invented not only the frozen food industry but also new kinds of lightbulbs, automatic whaling harpoons, and a whole new paper making process while living in the Colombian jungle. He died with more than two hundred patents in his name.
    Our guest to tell the story of this remarkable inventor is Mark Kurlansky, author of Birdseye a biography of Clarence Birdseye.
    Produced and Edited by Freddy Chick. Senior Producer: Charlotte Long.
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    • 31 min
    Warhammer

    Warhammer

    ***Real life inventor alert*** We speak to Rick Priestley the co-creator of the weird world of Warhammer where valiant humans, noble elves, savage orcs and a variety of monstrous creatures battle eternally. How on earth do you invent something like this?
    If you have no idea what Warhammer is then don't worry; neither did Dallas before this! In his chat with Rick, Dallas tries to work out where Warhammer came from and how you invent a fantasy world that people will actually believe in. Whether that's Warhammer or Narnia or Hogwarts or [insert favourite fantasy world here]. Any of the fantasy worlds that millions of us love to lose ourselves in.
    Buckle on your shields and swords at the ready as we embark on one of our stranger adventures in the history of invention.
    Produced by Freddy Chick. Edited by Anisha Deva. Executive Producer is Charlotte Long.
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    • 31 min
    Batteries

    Batteries

    Hold onto your fishing rods guys. We’re tracking down the origins of batteries and it turns out it has a lot to do with a fish with a nasty sting in its tail. Zzzaaap!!
    Human’s have known that an electrical force existed for thousands of years. But it wasn’t until the turn of the nineteenth century that we were able to harness it for the first time in a battery. It opened the doors for a whole new way of life.
    Get ready for stories of reanimated corpses, bitter scientific rivalries, shocking ancient medicine and electric fish.
    Our guest today is Tim Jorgensen, author of Spark: The Life of Electricity and the Electricity of Life.
    Produced and edited by Freddy Chick. Executive Producer is Charlotte Long.
    If you'd like to learn even more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts, and audiobooks at History Hit - enter promo code PATENTED for a free trial, plus 50% off your first three months' subscription. To download, go to Android or Apple store.

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    • 32 min
    Canned Food

    Canned Food

    Hope you’re hungry because today we’re opening a can of historical worms as we discover the origins of canned food. 
    How did canned food go from something only explorers would consider eating to the centrepiece of kitchen cupboards? What does a competition run by Napoleon have to do with things? And is it true that the can opener wasn't invented until decades after the can was?
    Our guest today is Anna Zeide, author of Canned: The Rise and Fall of Consumer Confidence in the American Food Industry.
    Produced by Freddy Chick. Editing and sound design by Thomas Ntinas. Executive Producer is Charlotte Long.
    If you'd like to learn even more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts, and audiobooks at History Hit - enter promo code PATENTED for a free trial, plus 50% off your first three months' subscription. To download, go to Android or Apple store.

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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
87 Ratings

87 Ratings

eugenia mosk ,

Excellent!

Just listened to the canned food episode. Makes sense that the Campbell’s soup family was located in Pittsburgh since the steel industry was huge there in the early part of the 20th century and that was vital to canning. The football team is even called the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Eugenia M.
Washingtonville NY (USA)

Ventilationstation ,

Diverse & diverting

Excellent, bite sized chunks of usually fascinating topics with a curious and charismatic host.

Katidid19 ,

Great Podcast

I enjoy learning about random parts of history so this is a perfect way to do that.

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